Amanda Robins: Dyad 2, 2009
pencil on Arches watercolor paper, 115 x 95 cm
I examine the object as if it was a lover, a book, a document. It is willing to offer everything to me, passively. I am moving closer to the object, as close as I can, and it covers me benignly. Warming me to the world of things.
I layer the pencil marks over one another in light strokes, building up the tones carefully. Light glints softly off the graphite surface. The paper colours and imprints like asphalt, a well-worn pavement with pockmarks and incisions. The paper stump forces the graphite into the craters and valleys of the paper – sliding over the surface – burnishing, embossing. I am entranced by this silvery surface – the powder creates a film, grey and silver clouds forming, the lines of pencil changing and perfecting them. Away from the amorphous, I push the image into my favoured safety net … [t]his is the boundary, the structure which allows me to feel held and absorbed, contained and subsumed.
– Amanda Robins
SECOND/SKINS Exhibition Catalogue
Amanda Robins at the artisans’ gallery
meditative process made visible
We live in succession, in division, in parts, in particles.
Meantime within man is the soul of the whole; the wise silence; the universal beauty, to which every part and particle is equally related; the eternal ONE.
And this deep power in which we exist, and whose beatitude is all accessible to us, is not only self-sufficing and perfect in every hour, but the act of seeing and the thing seen, the seer and the spectacle, the subject and the object, are one.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Photograph by Alan Larus
the eyeless eye
It is [the] flash of realization of not-two-ness, that is both the centre and the endpoint of our human experience.
In every seed of every weed, in the knee-joint of a dead wasp’s leg, the structure of the Whole of Reality is laid bare for those who have eyes to see.
Our brain filters out the overwhelming poignancy of this Structure of Reality, of the Divine, as it manifests in all that is.
The eye, however, when it awakens, sees all things as “unseparated” from itself, to speak with Eckhart*.
– Frederick Franck
The Awakened Eye
* Meister Eckhart: The eye with which I see God is the eye with which God sees me.
Photograph: Laurent Schwebel
Frederick Franck at the artisans’ gallery
seeing/drawing as meditation
the Face of faces
the 10 commandments
(Frederick Franck’s guidelines for the creative life)
Perception underpins all human behavior and helps interpret sensory information to make sense from the senseless. The brain, to create meaning where there is possibly none, processes perception from the unperceived and thought from the unthinkable. The process of perception is in fact one of creation. What we perceive is not what is out there or within. There is no inherent value in the incredibly complex patterns of light that fall onto our eyes, and yet we see coherent forms and motions that enable us to survive. Exploring the nature of perception can help us glimpse life beyond experiencer and experience, perceiver and perception.
– Science and Nonduality website
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Instead of saying, ‘An observer looks at an object’, we can more appropriately say, ‘Observation is going on, in an undivided movement involving those abstractions customarily called “the human being” and “the object he is looking at”.
– David Bohm
The observer is the observed.
– J Krishnamurti
There is no separate, inside self and no separate outside object, other or world. Rather, there is one seamless, intimate totality, always changing when viewed from the perspective of objects, never changing when viewed from the perspective of the totality.
– Rupert Spira
The great paradox:
intimacy is realized,
and yet … we have a poem.
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